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pusillanimity

[pyoo-suh-luh-nim-i-tee] /ˌpyu sə ləˈnɪm ɪ ti/
noun
1.
the state or condition of being pusillanimous; timidity; cowardliness.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Late Latin pusillanimitās. See pusillanimous, -ity
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  • And therefore much laughter at the defects of others is a sign of pusillanimity.
  • He afterwards reproached himself as guilty of pusillanimity.
  • Their example wonderfully inspires us with resolution, and silences all the pretexts of pusillanimity.
  • pusillanimity is fear following on the heels of fright like an attendant.
Word Origin and History for pusillanimity
n.

late 14c., from Middle French pusillanimité (14c.), from Church Latin pusillanimitatem (nominative pusillanimitas) "faintheartedness," from Latin pusillanimis "fainthearted, having little courage" (see pusillanimous).

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